Southwestern Area Power Administration's markets hydroelectric power and energy to repay the U.S. Treasury for all costs associated with the production and marketing of hydroelectric power. These costs include principal and interest on dam construction, as well as annual costs of operation and maintenance. Southwestern’s mission recognizes the many competing uses for water and finds ways to share this precious natural resource.
Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern) was created in 1943 to market power and energy produced at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hydroelectric power projects. This electricity is provided to 9 million customers in a six-state area: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. We supply economical hydroelectric power, which helps municipalities and rural electric cooperatives operate within budgets, while allowing Southwestern to repay the Federal investment in dams and transmission facilities with interest.
We generate hydroelectric power at 24 Federal multi-purpose water resource projects (dams) and maintain 1,380 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 substations, and 46 microwave towers.
Only here can you make a direct impact on rural communities and municipalities that rely on inovative and cutting-edge hydroelectric power.